The Contemporary’s Inaugural Edition!

 

We released our inaugural edition in March 2016, check it out and tell us what you think!

The inaugural edition will combine work from selected students as well as editors. Our own work is intended to introduce us and our fields of interest. In the future, we hope to dedicate a special section to one specific issue. This issue combines a variety of subjects, from international law to domestic political debates.

First, Jordan Riley investigates the alleged bias of the International Criminal Court against Africa, concluding that such bias is non-existent. In another area of international law Margaret Solice examines the history of Chinese maritime policy, noting that China’s growing embrace of international institutions is motivated by its objective to reshape them and assert territorial claims.

Sean Watson addresses the history of conflict mineral mining in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo and the influence of vast supply chains, insurgent groups and prospects for reforming fair trade efforts. Next, Nathan Rothenbaum utilizes ethnography and psychoanalysis to critique the fantasy of fair trade in San Antonio’s World Mosaic Market. He argues fair trade sustains a poor solution to the inherent capitalist dilemma of consumer commodity fetishism.

Afterwards, Benjamin Collinger argues that Samuel Huntington’s e Clash of Civilizations? falsely constructs the Islamic world as a threat, harming prospects for global cultural understanding and cooperation.

Elena Souris concludes this edition by exploring the rhetorical strategies pro-life and pro-choice activists have used after Roe v. Wade. Given that abortion is such a violent, engaging and morally divisive issue, it will remain a crucial platform issue in U.S. politics.